Essential Oils 101


The Topiary offers a wide variety of pure, therapeutic grade essential oils. We look for the best quality oils with no chemicals or additives. When looking for oils keep the following things in mind. 

When looking for good quality, nature essential oil there are a few things to keep in mind when shopping. The first is that your product does not say fragrance or perfume anywhere on the bottle. If the product does say one of these, it means that there is a chemical (non-natural) component to the oil or product. When buying an essential oil make sure that the bottle has both the common name and the Latin name. For examples, Lavender, Lavandula Angustifolium. If the oil does not carry the Latin name it can mean that the oil has additives or the plant quality used to make the oil is not the best. 

Ones you have found a good quality essential oil how can you use it? There are many ways to use essential oils. The most common and well-known way is to diffuse it. Depending on the oil this can purify the air, make the room smell better and bring feelings of peace and calmness. But the use of essential oils does not end there. Essential oils can be added to a bath to bring peace, and promote healthy skin, they can be added to carrier oil and used on skin for a wide range of benefits, used in shampoo and conditioner to help with hair growth, reduce balding and grey hair, used to reduce digestive issues, eliminate colds and flues, reduces coughs, be used in natural DIY cleaners and so much more. The uses for essential oils are endless and properties of the oils can vary drastically. If you want more information on particular essential oils feel free to contact the store or visit below for an outline of each of the oils we carry here in store. 

Essential oils can last for a long while if stored right. Essential oils should be stored in a dark container and if pure or almost pure in a glass bottle. The essential oil bottles should be places in a dark spot that isn’t too hot or too cold. 

Essential oils for pets and children. Many of you have probably read that essential oils are not good for pets. For many this is true. The Topiary does not recommend use of essential oils on pets without more research. Even though this is the case they are still safe to use in a home with pets. Diffusing oils, using them in a bath, as a cleaner or on your skin isn’t exposing the animal to a large amount of the oil, meaning it is safe. When using essential oils on babies or children, The Topiary does recommend more research as well. Roman Chamomile is one of the most studied oils when referring to essential oil use on children. It can be very beneficial and is a gentle oil. 

When using a new essential oil either on you, your pet or your child it is always a good idea to test a small amount of the oil on the back of your hand to make sure that you are not going to have an allergic reaction to the oil. If using pure oil directly on skin the chance of you reacting to the oil is more common. It is not recommended to use pure essential oil directly on the skin with out dilution with a carrier oil. Typically The Topiary recommends ¼ -1/3 of a 15mL essential oil bottle to 120mL carrier oil. 

We know this is a lot of information for someone who is just starting to use essential oils but don’t let it be over whelming. Essential oils are great to add to your life as a more natural alternative to many other products. The Topiary is always happy to answer any of your questions in store or through email. 


Carrier Oils


Carrier oils can include Olive, Coconut, Mango, Avocado, Grapeseed, jojoba oil and many more. Carrier oils are used to mix with essential oils to dilute the purity of the essential oil. Using carrier oils makes it safer and easier to apply to the skin. The Topiary typically recommends 1/4 - 1/3 of a 15mL essential oil bottle to a 120mL carrier oil bottle. But this can vary depending on what you are using the mix for or what oil/ oils you are adding to your carrier oil. Please feel free to send us an email or talk to us in store about a personalized mix you are working on.